“Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied and praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; then My people will never be put to shame.…” Joel 2:25-26
“Spring forward, Fall back.” This quote reminds me in both Spring time and Fall how to set my clock. Oh how I enjoy advancing clocks during summer months by one hour, enabling light to extend into the evening hours. More play time is the mantra of both children and adults. What I loathe is trying to crawl out of bed and start my day when darkness blankets the earth. These are my ECR mornings (Extra Coffee Required). Hitting the snooze button a couple of times wastes minutes from my day – a time eater.
We all have time eaters: social media, television, cell phones… and the list goes on. I’m not implying these things are bad. We need to exercise caution in the amount of time we allow them to detract from the tasks at hand, or waste moments in our God breathed day. We’re all given the same amount of time – twenty four hours. How we use those hours and even minutes matter.
For the past several years my favorite television show has been the nail biter “24”. Every minute, even seconds, matters to the main character, Jack Bauer. He’s a man on a mission. His life is guided by the tyranny of the urgent.
Seconds always matter when time is short and the task is great. We can’t recover wasted moments. How often I’ve yearned to turn back the hands of time. I’d say and do things differently. I’d love more and lecture less, give more generously, edify instead of tear down (both myself and others), hold out open hands not clinched fists, surrendering all.
None of us can redeem time. However, each new day is an opportunity to use moments with greater wisdom. Our Creator is a time redeemer, a God of second chances. He grants us new opportunities to do life in a different way, one we can look back on without regret. He may not give back time, but He can restore us for greater moments.
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